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Professor Ottoline Leyser

My research

My research is aimed at understanding the complex network of long-range hormonal signals that regulate shoot branching in plants. I am particularly interested in integrating gene regulatory networks with hormone transport and whole plant level effects.

Mr journey

My career has been helped greatly by my husband being a freelance writer. Because he worked flexibly from home, we were able to move easily and he was the main carer for our two children. Having the children during my post-doctoral years, when my work was more flexible, was also very helpful. Sadly my husband died of cancer last year, which was certainly the hardest of my life, trying to look after all four of us during his illness. I don't think I could have done it without my job as a point of stability, and my colleagues who covered for me many times.

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